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Why We Exist: The Reason for Humanosphere

Not What We Mean
Human and Sphere

Flickr, Laughing Squid

Not What We Mean

What is Humanosphere?

It was already a word — an obscure one, yes, but existent — generally referring to all of humanity. (Checkout a non-definition here.) KPLU and NPR intend Humanosphere to become your go-to read for news, dialogue and learning about matters of global health and development.

KPLU is among 12 NPR stations nationwide that received support for this pilot project, funded by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Knight Foundation.  Each station chose a different topic.

It’s about exploring new ways of covering the news, and most importantly, about building community.

Space Needle from South Lake Union

Slightlynorth / Flickr

The view from Seattle’s hub for Global Health research

Our focus will be global, based out of Seattle, now a world epicenter for many international efforts in health and development. An obvious reason for launching this site here is the presence of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – the world’s largest philanthropy and a leader on many fronts in global health and development.

But, the movement to improve the Humanosphere is much bigger than any single organization or nation. Seattle alone has hundreds of organizations devoted to humanitarian causes. They, in turn, work with thousands of others across the globe. Their success depends on a global sense of community. So does ours.

We need your help to build up a Humanosphere community. As we develop this site over the weeks and months to come, what are your tips? Ideas? Advice?

You can comment, of course, on any story or photo, or email directly to our primary news curator/blogger, Tom Paulson, at More features and more opportunities for engagement are on their way.

– Tom and Keith Seinfeld (Tom’s boss!)



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Humanosphere will sometimes post articles from authors from around the globe. Although these folks are not regular contributors, we hope you enjoy this change of pace.